Wednesday, October 20, 2021

TV Shows We can’t wait to see in 2018

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If you’ve never seen Mad Men, you can let your friends discover its brilliance. If you haven’t seen it, let them discover it – it’s one of the best dramas of the modern era, working so much magic with that anti-heroic tagline. A great insight into the way human behaviour shapes and influences modern society. Episode 60: ‘Always’ airs on series four on Sunday, 18 August, followed by final season four on Monday, 19 August.

Where to watch: Series 1-4; final season 4

Borgen

The good news is you can watch three episodes of one of the best Nordic dramas before you see the rest, but beware, none of them seem to be terribly good. The bad news is you still have a couple of episodes to wait for the rest, and none of them are very good.

Where to watch: Series 1-5 (coming soon)

Big Little Lies

The only thing to dislike about HBO’s Big Little Lies is its poster. It’s ugly. It’s flashy. It’s silly. But, trust me, it’s a great show. Every American cable network should make a drama like it – intimate, powerful, gorgeous, erotic and entertaining. And that’s only the first half.

Where to watch: Series 1-2; final season 2

What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows is a very good horror comedy, and I love it. But I can’t recommend the 2015 film to British audiences on anything other than a one-off basis. It’s also only a shame it’s never been released on blu-ray in this country, as it’s a must-watch.

Where to watch: Netflix (series 1-2)

Z-Cars

Z-Cars is the best modern animation that has never been made, a great mix of anime, 3D visual effects and rollicking charm. The 5-years-in-the-making piece of wicked whimsy was almost lost in the Disney mess it was working so hard to be but finally had its home on BBC iPlayer just before Christmas.

Where to watch: BBC iPlayer

Cloak & Dagger

You’re telling me you haven’t heard of this show? It’s critically acclaimed, a big hit with teens and lots of the more grown-up parents out there. But I bet a lot of other people would be stunned to hear you hadn’t either. Cloak & Dagger stars Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt as two teens who decide to get themselves together after discovering their powers. However, they soon discover that the powers come with complications.

Where to watch: Series 1-2

Deep State

This is a pretty riveting documentary that looks at world politics from a very different angle. All the while, the viewer continues to remain totally in the dark about what’s really going on. Pretty cool.

Where to watch: Series 1-2

Knightfall

Why is one of the knights in charge of the armies of the Holy Roman Empire secretly plotting to overthrow the Holy Roman Empire? How did it get so far? And why does it only show flashes of chaotic mayhem as a result of its on-going schemes? This is like Game of Thrones, but really awesome. It’s a little bit Merlin, a little bit Game of Thrones.

Where to watch: Series 1-3

Luther

Continuing the theme of TV drama you would have forgotten about a while ago, Luther has returned for a fifth and very satisfying series. This one appears to have found some fresh vigour and has brought the trademark all-rounder Mike Hodges back as director and writer. He’d never leave us, right?

Where to watch: Series 1-5

Killing Eve

I’m not sure if you are aware of Killing Eve, but the excellent BBC series takes its inspiration from Dirty Sexy Money as we meet Eve Polastri, a gambling and beauty salon owner and obsessively diligent MI5 officer. A flawed but sympathetic law enforcer. Series 1-3 are available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.

Where to watch: Series 1-2; season 3 coming soon

Borderline

In this stellar new BBC series, if you wanted a more subtle take on the world of British politics then you’d love Borderline. A mix of reality, drama and comedy, it examines the British political establishment through the eyes of the people who work within it. Thrilling.

Where to watch: Series 1-3

Ash vs Evil Dead

Arrowstorm!!!! Oh, the horror! The horror! The horror! I’m gonna need one of the shittiest anything you can find at the supermarket to slowly spin me into a zombified state, that’s just how very much I

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